Northlake and Aubrey Road were hit by 16 burglaries on the night of Thursday, January 9.
Such a large spike of victims in a small area suggests these are interrelated events, and Senior Sergeant Miriam Reddington told the Wānaka Sun that “we believe that the vast majority if not all burglaries were committed by the same person or people which is why there was such a high number in one week.”
There were 16 on the night of January 9 and one which is loosely associated from December 28 making it 17 burglaries for New Years week.
According to Reddington, the burglars were “targeting small items of value such as wallets and cash and anything of value,” and police continuing to investigate and follow up any leads.
Vera Yakzhik posted on Facebook about how her and three neighbours' cars were broken into in Northlake. All four cars were parked in driveways. Yakzhik said that nothing was stolen, but says “Every compartment inside the car was open and all content of them was taken out and scattered around the car. All my cards were taken out from the wallet and left in the car as well.” According to Yakzhik, her neighbours experienced a similar situation. Police have since fingerprinted the cars in question.
Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have information about the burglaries. Reddington says that “in particular we would like to hear from anyone in the Northlake, Aubrey and Outlet Roads or Hidden Hills areas who may have CCTV which could assist the investigations.” If you’re worried about your property, consider investing in an alarm system or sensor lights, as well as remember to always lock vehicles, hide tools and ladders and keep your trees and shrubs trimmed so they don’t offer hiding places for burglars.